Crafting Relationships, our intergenerational strand of work, has been running since 2012.
Most of our current work is as a delivery partner, together with emh homes, on our local Big Lottery Funded, Ageing Better project Leicester Ageing Together. Scroll through the photos below to get an overview of all the different projects!
Spinney Hills radio pay April – June 2017
Writer facilitator and Beauty and Utility Arts Associate, Katie Sone worked with a group of year 7 students from Al Aqsa school and the Leicester Ageing Together elders group at Highfields Community Centre in Leicester to produce a collaborative radio play.
Huge thanks to MGL Media for recording the play and talking us through the techy bits!
Rikke is a Leicestershire artist Beauty and Utility Arts have worked with on a number of projects and she has very kindly donated two pieces of her own dementia themed artwork, which now sit outside our Atkins Building office in Hinckley. You can drop by and see Rikke’s artwork any time the Atkins building is open.
In Rikke’s own words …
My artwork is often inspired by the human conditions and related to memory, culture and diversity.
I like to take real, everyday objects and transform them into something extraordinary.
This work was created just after my mother-in-law was diagnosed with dementia.
I wanted the work to be a tribute to her but also to other people who have been affected by dementia so they could identify with the symptoms.
The last time she stayed with us, before going into a home, Peg would ask again and again what day it was. We would tell her and then a few minutes later she would ask again and get them mixed up. She loved flowers and always tended them with care. The decayed orchids symbolize the decay of memory but are also quite beautiful and poignant in themselves. Just like memory.
Again connecting Peg with flowers, the daisies symbolizes how her memory went “on and off”, bit by bit and in the end she did not remember who I was. A profound moment in any relationship.
Yesterday we soft launched our resource produced for borough residents recently diagnosed with dementia.
By Katherine Brown
May 21st 2014
Beauty and Utility Arts have been commissioned by The Hinckley and Bosworth Health and Wellbeing Partnership to develop a dementia resource for residents of Hinckley and Bosworth. After working with and listening to individuals and organisations across the area ‘A Book Of Me’ has been produced and will be offered to people after a recent diagnosis of dementia later on this year. The folder is a place to store and find relevant information together with sections designed to stimulate conversation and memories.
Katherine Brown, Director of Beauty and Utility Arts “This week is National Dementia Awareness Week and we wanted to let local people know about the resource we have been designing. A Book of Me has been very well received during its development stages and we are looking forward to launching it fully later on this Summer.”
Simon Jones, Health Lead at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council said “The Hinckley and Bosworth Health and Wellbeing Partnership have commissioned this folder as part of its work to provide the best health information and guidance to people in the borough. Working in partnership with Beauty and Utility Arts we intend that this book will become integral to the support package enabling people to live well with Dementia.”
The photo shows us holding the resource in front of some of intergenerational work at an awareness event yesterday with l – r Howard Wilkins – Dementia Champion, Katherine Brown -Director of Beauty and Utility Arts, Juanita Vogel – contributor, Lindsay Orton Locality Mental Health Strategic Co-ordinator at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
Beauty and Utility Arts have been commissioned by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to develop a person centred, dementia focussed, booklet/ring bound folder. This will sit with the county Dementia Care Pathway leaflets currently being completed and the work of The Alzheimer’s Society within our area.
Our aim is to create something creative, useful and informative for Borough residents looking for a way of keeping track of local information and their own journey. The consultation event on 8th October will determine the content, but we envisage it will contain local stories, space for notes taken at and prior to GP appointments and plenty of room for personal journals. All of which will be useful for the individual, their carers or supporters and appointments with doctors etc.
A FREE EVENT FOR RESIDENTS OF
THE BOROUGH OF HINCKLEY AND BOSWORTH
Tuesday 8th October 20139 am – 1.45pm
Atkins Building, Lower Bond Street, Hinckley, LE10 1QU
o Attend a Dementia Friends’ information session to learn more about dementia
o Help us develop a personal or personalised dementia focused information folder for Hinckley and Bosworth residents.
o Take part in a Knowledge Café event sharing ideas, insights and thoughts in small groups throughout the day.
o Step inside a pub style Memory Pod, thanks to Voluntary Action South Leicestershire and Seven Lock’s Housing Memory Lane project.
Light lunch provided
LIGHT LUNCH PROVIDED – BOOKING REQUIRED BY SEPTEMBER 27th
For further details and to secure your place, please email Katherine Brown at email@example.com with the subject headline October 8th or call on (07908) 750187
Working with: Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Changing Minds, The Alzheimer’s Society, VASL.
We’re nearing the end of our planned sessions at an extra care scheme in Lutterworth now and the group is really starting to find their confidence again around producing artwork and just having a go.
On Wednesday Winsome Ruddock and I worked on mosaics based on themes each individual had talked to us about as part of our reminiscence discussions, so we had birds, a lion, flowers and architecture.
One major challenge for us as facilitators has been thinking about tasks that individuals with poor hearing, eyesight and dexterity can feel comfortable with and mosaic work was very successful in this repect.
Did we learn any lessons from last week’s session? Yes …. don’t eat cake over your mosaic when the glue is still wet ;0)
Here are a few pictures of the group concentrating immensely!